Robert Suzzi Valli

Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Education

  • PHD, CUNY Graduate Center
  • MPHIL, CUNY Graduate Center
  • MA, CUNY Graduate Center
  • BS, Manhattan College

Courses Taught

Fall 2020 Courses:
MATH 185: Calculus 1
MATH 187: Honors Calculus 1
MATH 272: Linear Algebra 1

Courses Taught in Past Semesters:
MATH 151: Modern Math: Social Choice
MATH 154: Calculus for Business Decisions
MATH 155: Calculus for the Life Sciences 1
MATH 156: Calculus for the Life Sciences 2
MATH 185: Calculus 1
MATH 186: Calculus 2
MATH 187: Honors Calculus 1
MATH 188: Honors Calculus 2
MATH 272: Linear Algebra 1
MATH 285: Calculus 3
MATH 287: Honors Calculus 3
MATH 361: Introduction to Higher Geometry
MATH 489: Problem Seminar
MATH 490: Complex Analysis
MATH 499: Independent Study - Complex Analysis 2
MATG 690: Graduate Complex Analysis

 

  • Research

    My research is predominantly in the field of hyperbolic geometry.  In particular, I study closed geodesics on hyperbolic orbifold surfaces.

  • Publications and Scholarly Activities

    Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals:

    • "Unfoldings of the Cube," R. Goldstone & R. Suzzi Valli, The College Mathematics Journal 50 (2019), no. 3, 173-184.
      (DOI: 10.1080/07468342.2019.1580108)
    • "Figure Eight Geodesics on 2-Orbifolds," R. Suzzi Valli, Computational Methods and Function Theory 16 (2016), no. 1, 105-125. (DOI: 10.1007/s40315-015-0125-z)
    Media Highlights (Journal Article Reviews):

    • "May 12: Celebrating Women in Mathematics - From One Idea to One Hundred Events," N. Argawal, C. Araujo, P. Bonfert-Taylor, M. Mahmoudi, M.F. Ouedraogo, O. Paris-Romaskevich, M-F. Roy, E. Strickland, A. Vera Gajardo, Notices of the AMS, (2020) Media Highlights, The College Mathematics Journal, 51:2, 159, (DOI: 10.1080/07468342.2019.1701916)
    • "Humanizing Mathematics and its Philosophy," J. Auslander, Notices of the AMS, (2019) Media Highlights, The College Mathematics Journal, 50:2, 153. (DOI: 10.1080/07468342.2019.1560204)
    • "Mathematics Applied to the Study of Bicycles," J. Papadopoulos, Notices of the AMS, (2018) Media Highlights, The College Mathematics Journal, 49:5, 386. (DOI: 10.1080/07468342.2018.1505134)
    • "Durer's Unfolding Problem for Convex Polyhedra," M. Ghomi,
      Notices of the AMS, (2018) Media Highlights, The College Mathematics Journal, 49:5, 390-391. (DOI: 10.1080/07468342.2018.1505134)
    • "Curious Calculus Questions from Students and Colleagues - Part III," K. Nabb & D. Nghiem, MathAMATYC Educator, (2018) Media Highlights, The College Mathematics Journal, 49:3, 236-237. (DOI: 10.080/07468342.2018.1436840)

    • "The World War II Origins of Mathematics Awareness," M.J. Barany, Notices of the AMS, (2018) Media Highlights, The College Mathematics Journal, 49:2, 153. (DOI: 10.1080/07468342.2017.1419010)

    • "Domain Coloring and the Argument Principle," F.A. Farris, PRIMUS. (2018) Media Highlights, The College Mathematics Journal, 49:1, 78-79. (DOI: 10.1080/07468342.2017.1397976)

    Submitted Articles:

    • "Combinatorial Growth in the Modular Group," A. Basmajian & R. Suzzi Valli, arXiv:2008.04089, submitted to Groups, Geometry, and Dynamics, August 2020.
    • "Shortest Paths on Cubes," R. Goldstone, R. Roca, & R. Suzzi Valli, arXiv:2003.06096, submitted to The College Mathematics Journal, February 2020.

    Selected Presentations:

    • "Shortest Paths on Cubes," Metro NExT Worshop 2019, NYU Courant Institute, September 2019.
    • "Growth Rates in the Modular Group, Parts 1 & 2, Hyperbolic Geometry Seminar, CUNY: The Graduate Center, February 2019.
    • "Geometry at Manhattan," Poster Presentation, The Geometry for Secondary Teachers Conference, University of Michigan, June 2018.
    • "Conjugacy Class Growth in the Modular Group," Mathematics Department Seminar, Manhattan College, May 2018.
    • "The Hyperbolic Plane & Surfaces," Mathematics Department Seminar, Manhattan College, May 2016.
    • "An Introduction to Hyperbolic Geometry & Surfaces," Mathematics Department Seminar, Manhattan College, March 2016.
    • "Non-simple Closed Geodesics on Orbifolds," AMS Spring Eastern Sectional Meeting - Special Session on Invariants of Closed Curves on Surfaces, Stony Brook University, March 2016.
    • "Lengths of Geodesics on Hyperbolic Surfaces," Hyperbolic Geometry Seminar, CUNY: The Graduate Center, November 2015.
    • "Shortest Paths on Cubes," Mathematics Department Seminar, Manhattan College, April 2015.
    • "Shortest Paths on Cubes," Senior Undergraduate Mathematics Seminar, Connecticut College, September 2014.
    • "Closed Geodesics on Orbifold Surfaces," 29th Summer Conference on Topology and Its Applications - Special Session on Geometric Topology, CUNY: The College of Staten Island, July 2014.
    • "Figure Eights on Orbifold Surfaces," Sixth Iberoamerican Congress on Geometry - Special Session on Hyperbolic Geometry, CUNY: The Graduate Center, May 2014.
    • "Shortest Paths on Cubes," Math Department Seminar Series, Marist College, May 2014.
    • " Non-simple closed geodesics on orbifold surfaces," Complex Analysis and Dynamics Seminar, CUNY: The Graduate Center, May 2013.
    • "Paths and homotopy on orbifold surfaces," Hyperbolic Geometry Seminar, CUNY: The Graduate Center, May 2013.
    • "Figure eight geodesics on hyperbolic orbifold surfaces," Hyperbolic Geometry Seminar, Simons Center at Stony Brook University, September 2012.
    • "Generators and relations for the mapping class group," Hyperbolic Geometry Seminar, CUNY: The Graduate Center, July 2012.
    • "The pants complex is connected," Hyperbolic Geometry Seminar, CUNY: The Graduate Center, February 2011.
  • Professional Experience and Memberships

    Experience:

    • Assistant Professor, Manhattan College, June 2016 - Present
    • Visiting Assistant Professor, Manhattan College, August 2013 - June 2016
    • Adjunct Lecturer, CUNY: Lehman College, August 2010 - May 2013
    • Graduate Teaching Fellow, CUNY: Lehman College, August 2007 - May 2010

    Memberships:

    • Sigma Xi (Full Membership)
    • American Mathematical Society (AMS)
    • Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
    • Special Interest Group of MAA on Undergraduate Research